Paper Goods Machine Operators
On the Job
Paper Goods Machine Operators set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines. The machines they run may do a variety of things, including sawing, corrugating, wrapping, stitching, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
- Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
- Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
- Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
- Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.
- Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
Typical Working Conditions
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions.
- High levels of competition.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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